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7/21/2022

Sevilla: The Great Gothic-Mudéjar Churches Along My Original Route Into the City. Part Five, Ominium Sanctorum, Another Gothic Church with an Islam-inspired Minaret-like Tower

 
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Omnium Sanctorum church on calle Feria, Sevilla by Gerry Dawes©2021
 
The Church of Omnium Sanctorum has a La Giralda-like Mudéjar tower which originally may have been the minaret of a mosque that once stood here, and a multi-archivolted Gothic doorway, both of which, despite their seemingly diverse religious origens, make it one of the most distinguished of the Gótico-Mudéjar churches of Sevilla.   
 
Omnium Sanctorum Gothic portal, photo courtesy Universidad de Sevilla.
 
Since it is located on call Feria, a few blocks west of calle San Luis, my original route into Sevilla, I likely did not see this church on my first day in Sevilla in 1968, but I did pass by it on my route in 2016 on my first try to re-trace my first entrance into Sevilla. 

Another of the oldest churches in Sevilla, Omnium Sanctorum was built in 1249, during the reign of Fernando III el Santo, who defeated the Almohades in 1248 after a year-long siege.  Obviously given the minaret tower and the fact that it was consecrated as a Catholic church so quickly after the reconquest, though just scant evidence remains of the foundation, this church was likely built on the site of a mosque, like any others from this period.  The Mudéjar tower, originally built at the end of the XIVth Century, shows that its design was inspired by the Giralda minaret that was appropriated as the belltower of Cathedral of Sevilla, with similar arched windows and sebka decoration.

And, again, because of the damage from the earthquake of 1356. Omnium Sanctorum underwent major renovations.  Declared an national monument in 1931, the church like most in this district was sacked and burned at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.  It was finally restored in 1993.

The interior has an interesting Mudéjar wooden artesanado ceiling, although it is obviously a restoration since the roof was destroyed during the civil war.

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Sevilla, Retracing Steps Part Two: Iglesia de San Gil A Remarkable Walk From El Arco de la Macarena to the Cathedral Featuring a Half Dozen Mudéjar-and-Gothic Churches Built on the Sites of Former Mosques in the 14th Century 

 
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About Gerry Dawes

My good friend Gerry Dawes, the unbridled Spanish food and wine enthusiast cum expert whose writing, photography, and countless crisscrossings of the peninsula have done the most to introduce Americans—and especially American food professionals—to my country's culinary life." -- Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019


Gerry Dawes is the Producer and Program Host of Gerry Dawes & Friends, a weekly radio progam on Pawling Public Radio in Pawling, New York (streaming live and archived at www.pawlingpublicradio.org and at www.beatofthevalley.com.)

Dawes was awarded Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003. He writes and speaks frequently on Spanish wine and gastronomy and leads gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. He was a finalist for the 2001 James Beard Foundation's Journalism Award for Best Magazine Writing on Wine, won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on cava in 2004, was awarded the CineGourLand “Cinéfilos y Gourmets” (Cinephiles & Gourmets) prize in 2009 in Getxo (Vizcaya) and received the 2009 Association of Food Journalists Second Prize for Best Food Feature in a Magazine for his Food Arts article, a retrospective piece about Catalan star chef, Ferran Adrià. 


". . .That we were the first to introduce American readers to Ferran Adrià in 1997 and have ever since continued to bring you a blow-by-blow narrative of Spain's riveting ferment is chiefly due to our Spanish correspondent, Gerry "Mr. Spain" Dawes, the messianic wine and food journalist raised in Southern Illinois and possessor of a self-accumulated doctorate in the Spanish table. Gerry once again brings us up to the very minute. . ." - - Michael & Ariane Batterberry, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher and Founding Editor/Publisher, Food Arts, October 2009. 
 
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